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Homewood Museum Architecture Lecture: The Material World of Eyre Hall with Carl Lounsbury

October 27, 2022 , 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Built in 1759 by Littleton Eyre, Eyre Hall on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is one of only a handful of houses in Virginia today that is owned by descendants of its original builders. In addition, it retains a rich collection of family objects accumulated by several generations of Eyres. As a result, Eyre Hall is a microcosm of Virginia history. Drawing on research from his latest book, The Material World of Eyre Hall: Four Centuries of Chesapeake History, architecture scholar Carl Lounsbury will discuss the history of the property and consider its many legacies. The talk will be preceded by a reception and book-signing at Homewood Museum.

5-6 p.m. Book-signing and reception at Homewood Museum

6:30-8 p.m. Talk and Q&A in the Merrick Barn



Carl Lounsbury retired in 2016 as the Senior Architectural Historian at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Over a 35-year career there, he was responsible for long-term research projects such as the study of English and Colonial American public buildings, churches, meetinghouses, and theaters; and the terminology, practice, and technology of preindustrial building. He has also had an extensive career consulting with museums, historical and preservation societies, academic institutions, and homeowners in the investigation and restoration of historic buildings. Lounsbury earned his undergraduate degree in history and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his MA and Ph.D. from George Washington University. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the College of William and Mary. His publications include An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape and The Courthouses of Early Virginia, both of which won the Abbott Lowell Cummings Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. His most recent book is The Material World of Eyre Hall: Four Centuries of Chesapeake History.



FREE JHU Students (w/ valid ID)
$15 JHU Museums Members and JHU Faculty & Staff (with valid ID)
$20 General Public

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The 2022 Homewood Museum Architecture Lecture is made possible in part by the following generous supporters. If interested in becoming a supporter, please contact Dominique Zeltzman, Associate Director of Development for the JHU Museums, at  



The Dugan Griffin Charitable Fund

Jenkins Baer Associates

Forbes and Sara Maner

Mary and Chuck Meyer

Vincent Greene Architects



Shane and Kyle Gahan Chesapeake Tile & Marble



John Graham

McLain Wiesand

Libby and Tim Naylor

Sylvia Eggleston Wehr


October 27, 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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